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Cherry Blossom Time in Tokyo

March 14th, 2012 Robert

Mount Fuji & Cherry Blossoms (Image via Passport)


Hanami literally means viewing flowers, and every year in the spring, Japan celebrates Hanami with the beautiful blooming cherry blossoms. The ritual of viewing and admiring the blossoms dates back over 1,000 years when aristocrats would enjoy the flowers and write poems based on their inspirations. Today, most people enjoy the view with an afternoon picnic. While there are beautiful blossoms all over the country, Tokyo has some great viewing spots in early April, including Ueno Park, a very popular place featuring over a thousand trees, Chidorigafuchi, where trees decorate the moats of a former Edo castle around Kitanomaru Park, and Inokashira Park, a spacious city park with a central pond, where you can rent boats to view the blossoms from the water. www.japan-guide.com

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